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Using collaborative law to preserve good mental health

A divorce can be a very stressful event. The legal process can be a strain on some, and the reasons behind the divorce may be an emotional burden. The mental and emotional toll of divorce is a well-known phenomenon, and no one struggling to cope with his or her divorce should feel alone. The Canadian Mental Health Association provides tips for anyone dealing with a divorce that may be of benefit. It may be that collaborative law could play a role in reducing the stress of a British Columbia divorce.

According to the mental health professionals at the CMHA, it is common to feel a wide range of emotions during a divorce, including sadness, fear, anger and loneliness. Dealing with these emotions effectively now may pay dividends in the future, and help one avoid long periods of unhappiness. By following a few pieces of advice, it is possible to come through a divorce stronger than ever.

Among the advice offered is a recommendation to speak to a trustworthy person about how one is feeling. Having an outlet for one's emotions can be beneficial. The organization cautions against burdening children, however, with emotions they cannot fully understand. Having said that, the CMHA does strongly advise keeping lines of communication with children open. Their feelings are very important, and protecting their emotional well-being will benefit the family as a whole.

They also recommend not bearing the burden all on one's own. There are professionals available to assist with every aspect of a divorce, including therapists, financial advisers and lawyers. Rather than trying to do it all, consulting with people who handle these matters for a living can help lighten the load.

A divorce is never easy, but it doesn't have to lead to long-term emotional anguish. A lawyer skilled with family law in British Columbia can help a man or woman choose a less stressful path to divorce. Alternatives to litigation, such as collaborative law, may be good options for reducing the mental strain of divorce.

Source: Canadian Mental Health Association, "Separation and Divorce", Accessed on May 31, 2017

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